Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sheriff's Dive Team Calls for Fire Associates

Photo By Los Gatos Patch
At approximately 1300 on Sunday, May 5, four adults in a canoe on a choppy Lexington Reservoir, near Los Gatos, suffered a boating mishap and were in 60+F degree water. Two adults made it safely to shore - but two others did not. A search was begun by quick-arriving Central Fire, County Parks, and the Santa Clara County Sheriffs Dive Team personnel. A helicopter and boats using electronic detection gear went to work. Within an hour, the first missing person was recovered and transported to a local hospital. The search continued for the fourth person.
At 1607, Fire Associates members were paged to respond with a Fire Support Unit. John Whiteside, who had been monitoring the event via radio, responded in FSU #3 from San Jose Station 35, arriving before 1700. Soon after Johns arrival, the fourth person was recovered and was also transported to a local hospital. George Hoyt picked up meals and Dan Wong assisted John in setting up equipment. Hot coffee, water, and Clif bars were the favorites, especially for the divers. Fire Associates were released around 1830.
-- Report submitted by John Whiteside